Biblical Keys for Financial Freedom

by Reverend Tiate Carson

Of the 38 recorded parables of Jesus, 16 deal with money or possessions. In the Gospels, one out of ten verses (288 in all) deal directly with the subject of money. The Bible offers 500 verses on prayer, less than 500 on faith, but more than 2,000 verses on money and possessions. “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”.  - Matthew 6:21                      

1.Decide to be different.

“Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.” - Daniel 6:3 -

2. God wants me free to serve Him

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” - Matthew 6:24 -

3.Give to God first 

"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be meat in my house. Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” - Malachi 3:10

4.Live beneath your means 

“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

- Philippians 4:11-12

“Thou shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.” - Exodus 20:17

5.Save, Save, Save 

“Consider the ant, it has no commander, nor overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.”

- Proverbs 6:6-8 -

6.Do not co-sign for or loan money to friends and family 

“Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.” - Proverbs 22:26-27

7.Get on a zero-based budget

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” - Luke 14:28

8.Plan for emergencies 

"Joseph had insight from the Lord that a famine was coming to the land" - Genesis 41

9.Use cash over credit

“The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.” - Proverbs 22:7

10.If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

"Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.” Proverbs 28:19

 

“Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.” - Proverbs 13:11

11.If you owe it, pay it 

“Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” - Romans 13:7-8

12.Give to others

“A man reaps what he sows.” -  Galatians 6:7

 

“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”  - 2 Corinthians 9:11

 

"...whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” - Matthew 25:40

13.Before you say “I do” check to see what’s due

“So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” - Matthew 19:6

14.Invest wisely. 

“Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.” - Ecclesiastes 11:2 

 

“You should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.” - Matthew 25:27

15.Be led by the Holy Spirit

“Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” - Galatians 5:16